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Saints Enter Race For Portugal Star Joao

Saints Enter Race For Portugal Star Joao

Southampton have reportedly entered the race to sign Portugal international Joao Mario from Inter Milan.

The 25-year-old appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements at the San Siro, as he is yet to feature for the Nerazzurri this season and reports in Italy have suggested that he is keen on a return to the Premier League after spending the second half of the last campaign on loan at West Ham.

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Joao Mario impressed during his time with the Hammers and he certainly would not be short of suitors if he does push for a return to England, with Southampton emerging as the latest club to show an interest.

The Saints certainly appear to be in need of creativity in the final third, as they currently sit just a point clear of the relegation zone, while Huddersfield are the only side to have scored less goals than them in the top-flight this season.

Boss Mark Hughes is keen to address that issue and he has reportedly pinpointed the former Sporting Lisbon star, who scored twice in 13 appearances for West Ham last term, as a player who could provide a creative spark, although the likes of Fulham, Leicester and Wolves are also reportedly interested.

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